Chepil named NAC baseball player of the week
Athletics - posted on 4/7/2009
Lakeland junior Lee Chepil has received Northern Athletics Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors in baseball (pitching) for the week of March 30-April 5, the league announced late Monday.
On Saturday at Maranatha Baptist, Chepil, a right-handed pitcher, tossed what is believed to be the first perfect game in Lakeland baseball history. The Ladysmith
native retired all 21 batters he faced in the Muskies' seven-inning 18-0 defeat over the Crusaders in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Chepil overpowered Maranatha hitters, using primarily a fastball and cutter.
"Lee was awesome, and the defense behind him was great," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said after the game. "I told our guys to soak it in after the game, because it's such a rarity to be in a situation like that."
Chepil, who had to borrow a teammate's glove after leaving his own behind, struck out eight in the performance.
For the week, he posted a 1.08 earned run average in two appearances, walking just one while striking out 12 in 8 1/3 innings.
Chepil is the second Lakeland pitcher to earn the honor in as many weeks. Sophomore Mike Ruzek (Manitowoc) was named the conference's player of the week last week.
Currently, the Muskies are 7-11 overall and 4-2 in NAC play heading into a busy week.
Each week, the league's head coaches nominate a player from their own team to be voted on for each sport by NAC sports information directors.
To see other NAC Student-Athlete of the Week winners and nominees from the past week, click here
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